I am a recent graduate of The Savannah College of Art and Design (June 2013), receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Furniture Design. Before moving to Savannah Georgia to attend SCAD I grew up in Miami, Florida to parents of both Mexican and Cuban descent. As a result, my designs encompass both of her cultures by her bold use of color, geometry, and textiles. I owe some of my earliest inspirations for art and design to my late grandfather Manolo Alvarez, who was an illustrator on his free time.
I've been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work alongside Miami, Florida based interior designer Josefina Esquijarosa since September 2007. It was through working with her that I determined two years later to pursue a degree furniture design.
Traveling, fashion, and architecture are all areas where I seek inspiration for my designs. I believe that design is not a product, design is a way of thinking- it is a process, a process that can solve any problem and improve any situation. My objective is not to create just furniture, but environments through my pieces that constantly challenge the question of what the ideal standard of comfort is.
Josefina Esquijarosa, Coral Gables, Florida , Interior Design Assistant
Initiated furniture sales and design services for custom furniture pieces at the Rose Tree Cottage; owned by Miami based interior designer Josefina Esquijarosa. Tasks included collaboration with interior designers and clients to specify products for residential and commercial spaces in Coral Gables, Florida and Palm Beach, Florida.
Davis, Furniture Design Intern
Worked alongside head designer at Davis to create furniture for collaborative work environments. Overall, the end result was to incorporate the design aesthetic of Davis to tap into a side of the industry that the company had never delved into.
Arc, Sales Associate
Overseeing sales for high fashion retail store. Tasks included managing register, store organization, opening and closing store, and in store styling. Featured in Nylon and Lucky magazine.
Huisen Longnan Co. Ltd, Furniture Design Intern
Investigated new perspectives on design to positively enhance Huisen Furniture's pole and board products for a changing market. Overall, the result of this extensive effort yielded a product, which maintained the integrity of Huisen's initial products goals and resulted in a more versatile product. It is currently being distributed to Home Depots across the United States.
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, US, Furniture Design